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Why Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare Up At Night
Any reason my upper arms ache so much to keep me up at night. No injury or strenuous exercise during the day either. I do have rheumatoid arthritis.
A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more
Must treat early:
Much depends upon the medicines being used and how quickly medical treatment is added after a flare starts. Often the addition of low dose steroids can instantly make a difference while other disease modifying drugs are used or changed.
Check this link: http://www. Arthritistoday. Org/community/expert-q--a/rheumatoid-arthritis/flare-last. Php. ...Read more
No Magic Dose: Crazy as it sounds, there is no single specific dose. Your rheumatologist (you should definitely have one if you have ra) will listen to your story to get an idea of the severity, and over time will learn what doses work for you. I tell my students that I use the force, and they laugh, but I'm kinda serious. ...Read more
one frequently reported factor in rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups is stress. Some foods can trigger arthritis flare-ups. Among these, cow's milk is the most often cited, but shrimp, wheat and some meats, hen's eggs and codfish also are implicated.
echinacea has been cited as a possible cause of flare-ups in those with rheumatoid arthritis, . ...Read more
Fatigue, stress, infxn: There are several possible causes of flares include stress, fatigue & overexertion which can trigger RA inflammatn as well as possibly food allergies vs. A chemical sensitivity. RA meds suppress the immune system, which means a higher risk for infections. Thus even the common cold or flu may trigger a flare of RA. Thus learn to recognize your triggers, get rest, work w/MD & decrease stress w/meditaiotn ...Read more
Am experiencing stiffness and pain very like a flare-up of my rheumatoid arthritis. Are these normal symptoms?
Depends: If you are experiencing stiffness for more than 20 min and you have a diagnosis of ra, you are probably having a flare. Call your rheumatologist right away and let him/her know. Flares of disease can be triggered by stress or infection but sometimes nothing. You should discuss with your rheumatologist whether you might benefit from a short burst of oral steroids, or need to modify your RA meds. ...Read more
My wife is on 10 pills of methotrexate a week all at once for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Is there an even higher doses for uncontrolled flare ups?
I have rheumatoid arthritis and I'm on methotrexate, is it ok to still have breakthrough pain flare ups?
No: That is a sign that your rheumatoid is still active. See your rheumatologist to see what other medications you are a candidate for. ...Read more
I am noticing flare ups of jaw pain with rheumatoid arthritis. Can you discuss this for better understanding?
I have rheumatoid arthritis and when I have a flare up I get a rash on my left side near my bra line that looks like ringworm and itches.?
Why do people with rheumatoid arthritis get scleritis so often? My mom has RA and also always seems to have eye problems, particularly scleritis flare-ups. Why is this so common in RA patients? .
Had a bad flare. Doc put me on prednisone cause X-ray showed inflamation. Waiting on blood test for rheumatoid arthritis. Is it norm to still feel bad?
Yes: RA is not diagnosed be a blood test or X- Ray. The diagnostic criterea include lab as well as the duration of symptoms and the features on your physical examination. Make sure you are diagnosed by someone with experience in this disease. ...Read more
For severe severe pain on scale is 20 out of 10 from severe flare up of Rheumatoid Arthritis joint pain. What is the highest dose of norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) can she take?
What to do about rheumatoid arthritis running in my family, I can't go a night without waking up from the pain in my shoulders. Is there any medication that can help?
Be checked: Well, for one thing you could be checked to see if you have RA. If you do, there are medications that can help. I am also a firm believer in the antiinflammatory properties associated with a whole food type diet. Consider giving it a try and if it works you can recommend it to your family members. ...Read more
Had alcohol last night forgot I have blood work this morning to c if I have rheumatoid arthritis/lupus. Will the alcohol inhibit the tests results?
No: Best wishes for your workupGet a more detailed answer ›
Hi I'm a 35 yr old female with Rheumatoid Arthritis. A yr ago I had a sudden drop in my weight, developed a rash, cough, night sweats w/sour odor.??
RASH, COUGH, SWEATS+: WITH ALL OF YOUR SYMPTOMS, YOU SHOULD SEE YOUR PCP VERY SOON! ...Read more
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Arthritis means inflammation of joints. RA is a common form of arthritis. (There are various other causes of arthritis and RA is just one cause.) About 1 in 100 people develop RA at some stage in their lives. It can happen to anyone. It is not an hereditary disease. It can develop at any age, but most commonly starts between the ages of 40 and 60.http://patient. Info/health/rheumatoid-arthritis-leaflet ...Read more
Autoimmune disease: Ra occurs when our immune system attacks the linings of our joints causing pain and stiffness. Small and large joints can be affected. Fatigue is common. Treatment helps the symptoms and also prevents future joint damage and disability. There are many treatments available. Common treatments include disease modifying anti rheumatic drugs or dmards. These include methotrexate, enbrel, (etanercept) and humira. ...Read more
Ok: If the question is whether a steam room can be used if you have rheumatoid artjhritis the answer is yes. Generally the joints do feel better with the application of moist heat. Sitting in a steam room can be therapeutic as long as it is not too hot and other factors or illnesses preclude using it. ...Read more
Exercise, medication: The therapy included physical exercise and medications. Once diagnosed we begin intensive therapy with medications such as Methotrexate alone or in combination with other dmards which are disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs or we add biological medications to the Methotrexate such as enbrel, humira, remicade, cimzia, simponi (golimumab) - anti-tnf or other biologics-rituxan, abetacept, actemra. ...Read more
No: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not herititary, in that you do not inherit it directly. However certain genes can increase ones chance of developing it. It is most likely that RA develops in genetically susceptible people who are exposed to some enviromental trigger which sets off the disease process. ...Read more
Not well studied: To my knowledge, I've not read that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms are better or worse in any season. There have been some recent studies suggesting that the change in barometric pressure may effect some types of arthritic symptoms. However this is not specific to RA. ...Read more
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